Karnataka

₹23 lakh in cash, jewellery worth ₹6 lakh recovered; man, son held

The victim had kept his house keys on the chajja before going on a pilgrimage

Little did Sunil, a merchant residing in Mandi Mohalla here, foresee that his habit of keeping the key of his house on the chajja projection over the main door would lead to a major burglary of ₹23 lakh in cash and jewellery worth ₹6 lakh.

But, within a week of the burglary, the city police managed to not only nab the culprits, but also the entire cash and the jewellery that had been stolen.

Before leaving for his annual pilgrimage to Melkote near here on December 31, 2017, Mr. Sunil had locked his first floor house and kept the key at its usual place – on the chajja projection over the main door. On his return, he realised that miscreants had entered the house using the key and taken away the safe locker containing cash and jewellery. After he lodged a complaint with the police, the case was handed over to the City Crime Branch (CCB), whose sleuths managed to solve the case within seven days by nabbing Riyaz Sharief, 42, a resident of Hanumanthnagar, who used to manufacture and supply copper vessels to Mr. Sunil, and his son Fayaz Sharief, 22, and recovered the cash and jewellery, besides safe locker. Apparently, Riyaz was aware about Mr. Sunil’s practice of keeping the key near the main door and decided to burgle the house in his absence.

When Mr. Sunil was away, Riyaz, who was a frequent visitor to the house, arrived with his son, opened the main door with the keys and took away the locker in a goods autorickshaw, City Police Commissioner A. Subramanyeswara Rao told presspersons here on Monday. After taking away the safe locker, which has a digital lock, the duo broke it open with the help of a crowbar or an iron implement from the back. They emptied the locker of its entire content of cash and 208 grams of jewellery before throwing it away in Dalvoy lake on the Mysuru-Nanjangud highway. The police managed to crack the case by gathering information from police informants and putting technology to use, said Mr. Rao without elaborating. However, the police also used CCTV camera footage to solve the case.

Mr. Rao said the accused was not only aware about the place where the complainant kept the keys of the house, but also the contents of the safe locker and his travel plans.

Advisory

In an advisory to the public, Mr. Rao said keeping the keys of the house on the chajja projection was an open invitation for criminals and asked the public to desist from doing the same. Also, he said the public should avoid keeping much cash or jewellery at home. Instead, cash and jewellery should be deposited in the banks, he said.

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